Kane's "Homelessness In America" Project

High School for the Recording Arts integrates academics and the music industry to re-capture the interest of high school youth who don't find the opportunities they're looking for in conventional settings. School leaders use a project-based learning program to closely tie academics to the music industry and vice versa. Students have opportunities to manage a school-based record label, Another Level Records. Students also run community-outreach programs that seek to educate their peers in the community on issues such as dating violence and HIV/AIDS prevention through music. Each student has his/her own workspace at the school and extensive access to computers and other music-related technology.

Visit the school's website at: http://www.hsra.org


Open workspace for students at HSRA.
Professional recording studios for student use.

This video, conceived, filmed, and edited by High School for Recording Arts student Chrishan, is his take on the HSRA experience. Through interviews with founders, staff, graduated students, and current students he meshed the history of the school with current HSRA events to give the viewer an inside look at the school as a whole. To hear Chrishan talk about the making of the video, click here.

Tony talks about the program at HSRA and explains the "show what you know" model of assessment, where students demonstrate competency by giving presentations or conducting question-and-answer sessions. He tells how these measures of assessment build self-esteem in students, and that after building self esteem, the state standard tests are easy for them to pass. Tony considers passing tests a "minimum," and says that the HSRA "show what you know" assessments are a better measure of the true success of the school: educating students who will be responsible citizens.

The 12 validations (standards) Kane must earn to graduate

Click on the thumbnail of any validation below to open the full-sized PDF

Accessing Information
Accessing Information
Artistic Appreciation
Artistic Appreciation
Informed Citizenship
Informed Citizenship
Effective Communication
Effective Communication
Community Involvement
Community Involvement
Valuing Diversity
Valuing Diversity
Emotional Awareness
Emotional Awareness
Career Exploration
Career Exploration
Mathematics
Mathematics
Physical/Mental Well-being
Physical/Mental Well-being
Literary Analysis
Literary Analysis
Science & Technology
Science & Technology

About the teacher-advisor

Darryl is celebrating his fourth year at High School for Recording Arts where he oversees a group of about 20 students and their projects and maintains a personal relationship with every student to help motivate and engage them. Before working at HSRA, Darryl worked at South High School as a special education teacher, and in a specialized setting at Crawford school, both in Minneapolis.

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